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TEAM

Sarah Roxburgh, Esq.
Co-Executive Director & Chief of Operations

 

Sarah Roxburgh became co-executive director and chief of operations at VLS in 2010, after previously serving as a staff attorney. She has led VLS through several capacity-building initiatives, including with Social Innovation Forum (2014), the Nonprofit Learning Institute (2016), and Social Venture Partners, Boston (2018-2021). Sarah has served on Social Innovation Forum’s Alumni Council, which helps identify gaps in support for nonprofits. In 2019, she was named co-Lawyer of the Year by the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court.

 

Sarah received her B.A. from Northeastern University and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. Upon graduation, she received the New England Law | Boston Dean Timothy J. Cronin, Jr. Memorial Award for the graduate with the most outstanding contribution to public service.

Anna Richardson, Esq.
Co-Executive Director & Chief Counsel

 

Anna Richardson became co-executive director and chief counsel at VLS in 2010, after previously serving as a staff attorney. In 2019, she was named co-Lawyer of the Year by the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court and was also a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly "Top Women in the Law" honoree. In addition to her legal work at VLS, Anna has led trainings on veterans’ legal issues for the Boston Bar Association, the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, and various legal services agencies throughout Massachusetts.

Anna received her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She currently serves on the board of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Cindy Palmquist, Esq.
Colonel Ruby W. Linn Managing Attorney

 

Cindy Palmquist is VLS’s first managing attorney. In this new role she oversees the casework of VLS’s team of attorneys in a variety of areas, provides direct representation, leverages VLS’s pro bono panel, and identifies opportunities for systemic change advocacy.

 

Cindy has been involved with legal services in some form or another since graduating from law school in 2008. Her first ever case was a pro bono family law case. She maintained a solo practice that focused primarily on family law and basic estate planning where she regularly balanced her caseload with pro bono and low bono cases. Before joining VLS, Cindy worked at the Volunteer Lawyers Project for nearly 10 years first as the supervising attorney in Family Law and Guardianship, then as the Legal Director, and finally as the Managing Director. She has extensive experience in family law and guardianship, supervising and supporting staff and pro bono attorneys and program management. Cindy was recognized for her pro bono work by the Women’s Bar Foundation (WBF), received the Unsung Hero award from the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers and was honored as a Top Women in Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She has presented on several topics at the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, and at the WBF.

 

Cindy went to both undergraduate and law school at night while working full time. She received her B.A. from Pine Manor College and her J.D. from New England School of Law.

Angie Vargas Martin, Esq.
Pro Bono Director

 

Angie Vargas Martin directs VLS's pro bono network, which features 200-plus volunteer attorneys from around the state. She has practiced public interest law, advocating for the rights of individuals in underserved populations, since 2008. Angie also serves as the organization's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) officer, spearheading internal and external DEIB trainings and initiatives.

 

Angie has worked as a staff attorney at the Clubhouse Family Legal Support Project of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee and at the Disability Law Center (DLC). She spent almost 9 years at DLC, advocating for Massachusetts residents with mental health, physical and intellectual disabilities in cases involving abuse & neglect, human rights, housing, and employment discrimination.

 

Angie received her B.A. from Stonehill College and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. 

Eve Elliott, Esq.
Director of Law Student, Co-op, and Fellowship Programs & Senior Staff Attorney

 

Eve Elliott first joined VLS as a law student advocate in 2010 and then as a staff attorney in 2013. She specializes in a variety of civil matters, including family law, housing, public benefits, and consumer debt. Eve coordinates VLS's legal clinics at the Edith Nourse Rogers VA Medical Center, in Bedford, the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill, and the Norfolk County Veterans Treatment Court, in Dedham. She also oversees VLS's student and fellowship programs.

Eve is a regularly featured panelist on Boston Bar Association webinars for attorneys and law students.

Eve received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. She worked as a paralegal prior to law school with a solo practitioner, a large Boston law firm, and in-house at an area investment company.

Julie Frohlich, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

 

Julie Frohlich draws upon decades of civil trial experience to assist homeless and low-income veterans in a range of civil legal practice areas, including landlord/tenant law, family law, and benefits. Julie spent years as a solo and small-firm practitioner in addition to 17 years practicing at Goulston & Storrs, the last 13 years as a partner, and 2 years at Hale and Dorr. Prior to private practice, Julie clerked for Justice Ruth I. Abrams of the Supreme Judicial Court. She also spent 16 years as a volunteer attorney for the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless, at Pine Street Inn, and St. Francis House shelters.

 

Julie graduated magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law, where she was an editor on the law review, and received a B.A. in political science from The George Washington University. She has held leadership positions in the legal community, including with the Boston Bar Association and GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders, and has frequently lectured and written on litigation issues. 

Heather Rick
Business Manager & Program Data Analyst

 

Heather Rick began with VLS handling veteran triage, drawing on her experience and training as an interfaith chaplain to create a welcoming and compassionate environment for veterans seeking legal services. Heather now brings her knowledge of VLS's infrastructure and work flow processes to VLS's business management and program data needs.

 

She earned an A.S. in paralegal studies from Mount Wachusett Community College, a B.A. in religion from Smith College, and an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, where she specialized in religion and pop culture in the United States. 

Scott Pitta, Esq.
Staff Attorney

 

Scott Pitta is a US Army combat veteran who served in Iraq from late 2003 until early 2005 as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. After his time in the Army, he worked as a helicopter pilot for various federal government contractors and as an emergency medical helicopter captain.
 

Scott earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2020 as a distinguished graduate of the Trial and Appellate Advocacy program. Scott brings experience representing clients in various probate and family court cases, as well as administrative cases. He holds a Master’s of Aeronautical/Astronautical Science and is an FAA certified airline transport pilot.  

Mattie Saulnier
Member, ALA-Massachusetts
 

Mattie Saulnier is serving at Veterans Legal Services during her one-year term as a member of the AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts (ALA-MA). She grew up in Morristown, New Jersey and graduated from Skidmore College in 2021 with a B.A. in political science and history.

 

Before coming to VLS, Mattie spent a year in Seoul, South Korea teaching English to elementary and middle school students. Her teaching experience, as well as her prior work in political organizing and public history, vested her with a passion for community-led advocacy. Mattie is excited to join the VLS team in helping veterans gain access to fundamental benefits and services, and plans to pursue a J.D. after completing her service year.

Anastasia Bouikidis
Eligibility & Outreach Specialist

 

Bio coming soon!

ACCESS TO JUSTICE FELLOWS

Susan Anderson, Esq.
Access to Justice Fellow

 

Susan Anderson’s commitment to access to justice is longstanding: She began her career as a legal services staff attorney, and after leaving legal services for state government, continued to support efforts to ensure access to justice by joining the efforts of the Massachusetts Bar, and by supporting not-for-profit organizations that promote equality.

 

Most recently, Susan served as a consultant to the Office of the State Treasurer, where she managed and conducted administrative hearings for the State Board of Retirement. Prior to that, Susan served as General Counsel of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Before joining Elder Affairs, Susan served the Commissioner of Insurance as Senior Counsel and Chief Hearing Officer.

 

Susan is currently a member of the MBA Civil Rights and Social Justice Section Council, has twice served as chair of the MBA Access to Justice Section Council, and is a past-chair of the MBA Health Law Section Council and Public Law Section Council. Through the Community Action Partners, a joint project of alumni of the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, Susan has advised not-for-profit healthcare and human services organizations on marketing, governance, and strategic planning. Susan currently serves on the Advisory Committee of MissionSAFE: A New Beginning, a NFP youth development program in Dorchester.  She also serves on the Advisory Committee of CodeSquad, a NFP that seeks to diversify the tech industry by training adults from Boston's low-income neighborhoods to become full-stack software developers, and to find full-time software jobs.

Pamela Meister, Esq.
Access to Justice Fellow

 

Pamela Meister is an Access to Justice Fellow who works with VLS, primarily on policy issues. She retired from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine (BORIM) in 2015. While at BORIM, she prosecuted complaints of physician misconduct and represented the Board in complex administrative proceedings. She also advised staff concerning privacy laws and public records.

 

Pamela spent 12 years as an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts, specializing in elder and consumer matters. She managed a U.S. Department of Justice grant to train law enforcement officials and advocates to better identify, investigate and prosecute elder abuse. She headed a multidisciplinary team that developed statewide conferences and drafted elder policies for police departments. Pamela is a frequent speaker on elder and consumer issues and recipient of an Attorney General Award for Excellence.

 

Earlier in her legal career, Pamela was a trial attorney in the Civil Division, Torts Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she defended the government in multi-million dollar toxic tort cases. She also worked in private practice in Massachusetts and Texas. Pamela has served on the boards of the Women’s Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Foundation. She is active in her local Historical Commission and Historical Society.

Michelle Wolf, Esq.
Access to Justice Fellow

 

Michelle Wolf is a 2022-2023 Lawyers Clearinghouse Access to Justice Fellow and is working with VLS to explore the possibility of tapping the vast Boston-area medical community to provide free or low-cost independent medical opinions to support veterans seeking disability benefits from the VA and educate attorneys and clients about how to collaborate with medical personnel most effectively.
 

Michelle spent the first 20 years of her legal career as a health care lawyer, and in 2012 she opened her own law practice focusing exclusively on representing veterans and their
families seeking disability and survivors’ benefits from the VA. She has singlehandedly helped more than 60 clients and secured well over $1.5 million in benefits for them. Michelle is also an active member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates and the Boston Bar Association’s Veterans and Servicemembers Law Forum.

 

Michelle received a B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University, an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.

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